On this day in Boston Celtics history, the NBA would execute a recreation between the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers a day after the Boston Marathon terrorist assaults that happened in 2013. The switch turned into made out of recognize for the victims of the bombing after an preliminary postponement, and the game turned into indirectly now not rescheduled.
The cancellations didn’t impression the postseason, as seeds that will well maybe perhaps appreciate otherwise appreciate been impacted had been already locked into their feature, marking basically the most most standard season the NBA has had an uncommon different of remarkable-season video games consequently, with 1,229 video games played.
An NHL recreation between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators turned into also canceled on the day of the Marathon bombings which turned into also to be held at TD Backyard.
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It would perhaps be the date the Celtics accomplished their season with 66 wins and 16 losses correct one season after going 24 – 58.
It could in reality well maybe perhaps be correct for the record of the ideal single-season turnaround in NBA history.
The salvage got right here with a 105 – 94 salvage over the then-New Jersey Nets, and Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen mostly rested, letting reserve forward Leon Powe gain 27 points to lead the group, and reserve guard Tony Allen added 18.
“I’m totally contented we accomplished off the season on a winning uncover despite me, Kevin and Ray now not taking half in our licensed minutes,” Pierce stated by assignment of ESPN. “We’ll appreciate it tonight. But we’re a group on a mission beginning the next day to come.”